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Keep Praying And Trust

July 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:20-32 Col. 2:12-14 Luke 11:1-13 In the Gospel readings today our Lord tells us that we are to ask and we will receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened. On too many occasions to count I have heard people quote this passage to me to state that God did not keep His promise. After all, they asked, sought, and knocked, but their prayer was not answered as they had hoped. I need to point out that in most of these instances the people were asking for very reasonable things and not seeking millions of dollars by winning the lottery. Depending upon…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II . . . Message For An Earlier World Youth Day In Poland

July 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: World Youth Day 2016 is set for July 25-31 in Krakow, Poland, home diocese of the late Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul, now a saint, in 1990 prepared the following message for an earlier World Youth Day in Poland, that one held in 1991 at Czestochowa, site of the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. (In this message, John Paul stressed the importance of the true meaning of freedom for youth. (The text of this message comes from Libreria Editrice Vaticana. All rights reserved.) + + + “You have received a spirit of sonship” (Romans 8:15). + + + Dear young people! 1. The World Youth Days mark important stages in the life of the Church,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Turning Together Toward The Lord

July 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The closed circle of therapeutic navel-gazing hangs on like an overused joke in a few places yet, one of them being the Church. The priest and people facing each other during the entire liturgy is a vestige of the illegitimate seizure by and subjection of 2,000-year-old liturgical development to the rash agenda of primitivist vandals in the post-Vatican period. The only thing this unscholarly lot left undone was to demand the liturgy be celebrated in Aramaic. More and more young people are making a buzz about ad orientem worship, in a renewed push to recover the sacred and cast off the tired and broken stereotypes of the 1960s. One of the places where this buzz…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . The Church’s Stability And Endurance

July 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 8 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to every nation would have been humanly impossible to put into practice without the subsequent promise to be with His Church until the end of time. And it was no empty promise. The heresies that erupted in the Church and claimed to be the true “Church” missed the important point that Jesus founded one Church, and only one,…Continue Reading

The Liturgy Of The Hours

July 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The liturgical year of the Church, during which she “unfolds the whole mystery of Christ from his Incarnation and Nativity through his Ascension, to Pentecost and the expectation of the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1194), has the Paschal Triduum as its “source of light, the new age of the Resurrection [which] fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance” (CCC, n. 1168). During the course of an annual cycle consisting of five seasons (Advent, the Christmas season, Lent, the Easter season, and Ordinary Time), we recall and celebrate all the great events of the earthly life of Jesus. As expressed by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I have often wondered why in John 20:6-7 he writes about the burial cloths plural. When Simon Peter arrived at the tomb, he found the cloth that covered Jesus’ head rolled up separately from the other cloth. Have the experts ever explained why the Shroud of Turin is one big cloth? This conflicts with what John wrote. Please spread some light on this. — D.H., Iowa. A. Actually, there is no conflict. John says that there were two cloths in the tomb — the large burial cloth that we know as the Shroud of Turin and a small cloth that had covered our Lord’s head and was found rolled up to one side. This latter cloth, which is known as the Sudarium…Continue Reading

Be Doers Of The Word

July 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:1-10a Col. 1:24-28 Luke 10:38-42 Today’s Gospel reading about Martha and Mary has been one of the most misinterpreted and, therefore, misused of all of the passages in the Gospels. It has been used to show that the contemplative life is better than the active life, it has been used to try to dissuade people from doing acts of charity, and it has even been used to justify some types of heresy, such as quietism. Needless to say, all of these interpretations are wrong. In the first reading we have a glimpse of what Middle Eastern hospitality is about. When Abraham sees the three men walking near his tent, he runs…Continue Reading

Where Is The Liturgy Celebrated?

July 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Liturgy of the Hours, as we saw last week, is the Church’s response to the Lord’s command to pray without ceasing. Just as St. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians, so too are the faithful encouraged to “rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). “Composed mainly of psalms, other biblical texts, and readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters,” explains the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the Liturgy of the Hours…is the public and common prayer of the Church, the prayer of Christ with his body, the Church” (n. 243). Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Liturgy…Continue Reading

Addresses For 65th Anniversary Of Pope Emeritus’ Ordination… Continue To Contribute “With Vigor And Wisdom” To The Church’s Growth

July 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is Pope Francis’ address to Benedict XVI at a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Pope Emeritus’ priestly Ordination. The event was held at noon on June 28 in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace. (Benedict XVI is 89 years old. He was ordained on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, in 1951. (Following Francis’ address are remarks from Angelo Cardinal Sodano and Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, and an expression of appreciation from Benedict XVI. (ZENIT News Agency provided the texts and the translations. All rights reserved.) + + + Holiness, Today we celebrate the history of a call that began sixty-five years ago with Your Priestly Ordination, which took place in the Cathedral…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Martyrdom: Terror That Leads To Life

July 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Acts of terrorism and horrors brought with immediacy into our lives through the Internet and social networks make us seem surrounded as never before with life-threatening dangers. A smart phone in the Istanbul airport videos a terrorist blowing himself up — and minutes later the action is viewed around the world. The overwhelming horror of the destruction of human life, an abomination in the sight of God, through excessive and constant overexposure can become as banal and sanitized as a recreational movie. And living every day with scenes of violence and terrorism at the click of a button encourages a feeling of being unprotected and of free-floating uncertainty in daily life. After the Istanbul airport…Continue Reading